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The Effect of Password Strength Meters 3: Password Composition and Guessability

In this entry Blase Ur walks us through the first two metrics for the study, namely the relation of password length and meter type, and results by guessability. Before I jump into our results, I’ll tell you a little bit about our participants. We had 2,931 of them recruited on Amazon’s Mechanical Turk...

The Effect of Password Strength Meters 2: Visual and Scoring Differences

Blase Ur proceeds with describing the workflow of the password meters study, highlighting here the impact of visual and scoring elements upon password strength. So, I just showed you a number of different features, and we, of course, wanted to know what each of these features is contributing. All of our...

The Effect of Password Strength Meters

During his USENIX talk “How Does Your Password Measure Up? The Effect of Strength Meters on Password Creation” Blase Ur, computer security and privacy researcher with Carnegie Mellon University, presents a thorough study of password strength meters in terms of their effect on password creation...

Hacker’s Guide to Stay out of Jail 8: Questions and Answers

This is the final part of the Grugq’s presentation at HITB SEC event, where he takes questions from the audience about OPSEC for online freedom fighters. The Grugq: So, are there any questions? Question: What’s, in your estimation, the average cost per persona? Answer: In terms of time, you probably want...

Hacker’s Guide to Stay out of Jail 7: VPNs vs. TOR

The Grugq dwells here on the issues of anonymity and privacy for freedom fighters, paying a particular attention to the tools for maintaining those. In terms of technologies that you can use to help ensure that you maintain good OPSEC, on the subject of VPN vs. TOR, a lot of people seem to have thought that...

Hacker’s Guide to Stay out of Jail 6: Anti-Profiling

Further explicating OPSEC guidelines for freedom fighters at HITB SEC Conference, The Grugq now focuses on the various ways to prevent personal profiling. In terms of staying anonymous, briefly, if we go over some guidelines, you want to avoid revealing personal information about yourself. Any personal...

Hacker’s Guide to Stay out of Jail 5: Anonymity and Defense

Here The Grugq describes some of the techniques to use for building layers of anonymity and defense which will guard personas from getting associated with you. So, techniques – basically, you need to put in the plumbing. Plumbing is all of the stuff that you’re going to use to maintain your cover...

Hacker’s Guide to Stay out of Jail 4: Be Paranoid and Never Contaminate

In this part of the presentation, The Grugq continues exemplifying the common violations that freedom fighters should under no circumstances make. In this case palladium was insufficiently paranoid (see image). After he got busted, they took him to an interview and they showed him logs that they had...

Hacker’s Guide to Stay out of Jail 3: LulzSec Failures

Highlighting the typical mistakes to avoid, The Grugq provides real-world examples where actual hackers got busted due to unacceptable indiscretion. If you’re trusting people to keep their mouths shut, which you should never do, they won’t. This is why VPNs are not actually secure. VPNs would only be...

Hacker’s Guide to Stay out of Jail 2: Do’s and Don’ts

Covering practical tips for doing OPSEC, this part of The Grugq’s talk makes it clear what you should and should not do when freedom-fighting on the Internet. One methodology for doing OPSEC is, basically, you need to think about how to put the plumbing in first, so you need to set up your environment for...